NI Micro-Business Hardship Fund

Check your eligibility.

To make an application, you will need to provide:

  • Your business name.
  • Your contact name and number.
  • Your business address and postcode.
  • Your employer PAYE reference number, also known as an Employer Reference Number or ERN. This is given to every business that registers with HMRC as an employer and is made up of two parts: a three-digit HMRC office number and a reference number unique to each business. This is different from the 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference number (UTR) issued by HMRC to individual taxpayers who need to complete a Self-Assessment tax return.
  • The number of staff on your PAYE payroll your business employed as of 29 February 2020.
  • Your LPS Ratepayer ID and Occupancy ID if you pay business rates.
  • Your VAT number if you are VAT registered.
  • Your business bank account number and sort code (only provide bank account details where a BACS payment can be accepted).
  • Details of any de minimis funding your company or any company within the Group (if applicable) has received in the current or previous two fiscal (accounting) years.

You will also need to provide electronically:

  • A form of photographic ID as proof of your identity, such as a scanned or photograph copy of a valid passport or a current (full or provisional) driving licence. All driving licences with an expiry date between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be treated as valid for a further seven months.
  • A scanned copy of a bank statement dated within the last three months for an account used by your business that clearly shows your address.
  • A scanned copy of your PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) return for the period ended 29 February 2020. If the payroll week does not fall exactly on 29 February 2020, you should submit your RTI Full Payment Submission (FPS) data for the period immediately before 29 Feb, and no earlier than 31 January 2020.

The maximum file size of each attached document is 3MB.

Applications are closed for the NI Micro-business Hardship Fund.

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